Popular novelist Lee Child has an East Belfast connection with Van Morrison. It has emerged that Van and Lee’s father were both born within a very short distance in East Belfast. Van was born in Hyndford Street and Lee’s father was born in Cyprus Avenue – a street Van has immortalised in song. Lee has even gone on record as saying he thought Van’s family once owned the house his father was born in.
Lee Child is an extremely popular crime novelist and his main character Jack Reacher is well known worldwide, particularly now that Tom Cruise has played Reacher in a movie. Child’s real name is Jim Grant.